October 28, 1995
Web posted at: 12:05 a.m. EDT (0405 GMT)
PARIS (CNN) -- Ignoring widespread protest, the French Defense Ministry staged its third underground nuclear test Friday in the South Pacific.
The underground explosion was detonated at Mururoa Atoll in French Polynesia, where earlier nuclear tests provoked worldwide condemnation. The blast was equivalent to an explosion of 60,000 tons of TNT. Activists around the world have protested the resumption of nuclear testing by France.
France said the blast was aimed at "guaranteeing the safety and reliability of weapons in the future." The French government has pledged to sign a test ban treaty once the latest round of tests is over.
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